Thursday, November 03, 2005

We will BURY you.... in hilarity!

I sure don't, but do you remember the days when you could publish a trashy trade paperback about a silent comedian... and people would buy it? Believe it or not, Leo Guild's The Fatty Arbuckle Case is far more objective than the lurid jacket would indicate. I mean, look at it!

Poor Roscoe! Stanley Borack has painted him as the love-child of Curly Howard and Nikita Kruschev (and who ever imagined that Virginia Rappe had such a long torso!). Fortunately for Roscoe, better books have been written about his career and tragic downfall, including Stuart Oderman's latest, probably definitive, biography. But what about the others, I ask you? It has been too long since a classic comedy fan could plunk down a quarter for a cheap, poorly-researched paperback with a misleading cover about his or her favorite silent comedians. Let us relive those dear, dead days of yesteryear with this sampling of phoney paperback covers I just made up.

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Blogger Bill said...

"Misleading"? Why that looks totally like Marie Dressler!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Aaron Neathery said...

Marie was the Madonna of her day.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Tank Keeper said...

We have the TRUE story behind the Fatty Arbuckle case at

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I get a reading copy of that Marie Dressler book? I mean, it's David Goodis!?! It might be better than it seems (afterall, it DID go to 2nd printing, which seems unusual for a pulp). I think if Marie would have seen this, she would've laughed her head off.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Rachel Ann said...

That ho-bag Dressler...I knew it.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I would kill for the marie dressler book

4:59 AM  

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